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Bay Street Mercury Site

Bay Street Mercury Site

The Bay Street Mercury Site includes the right of way areas along both sides of the road, as well as portions of adjoining residential properties. The site is in the Bay Street Study Area Site. This separate state-run project involves removing soil contaminated with manufactured gas plant waste from about 100 properties. During this cleanup under the direction of the RI Dept. of Environmental Management (RIDEM), remnants of mercury-contaminated felt were found in surface soils along A Connell Street. According to RIDEM, the area was used a century ago for waste disposed by a hat factory.

At the request of RIDEM and the Town of Tiverton, EPA analyzed surface soil samples and confirmed the presence of mercury. EPA determined a cleanup was needed. A total of 1150 tons of mercury-contaminated soil was excavated and shipped out in 48 truckloads between April 17 and 26, 2012. Soil samples were collected from the excavated area to be sure soil remaining did not contain unacceptable levels of mercury. Excavated areas were then restored to the original grade.

The Town of Tiverton on June 16 began removing contaminated soil from the right of ways. They were then restored to original grade. The Town planned to coordinate the removal of soil from the southern right of way with the replacement of a drinking water supply that was buried three to five feet deep. After the town's contractor removed the contaminated surface soil, the plan called for the existing waterline to be isolated by shutting a valve. The valve did not function properly, though, and could not be closed. The waterline replacement was delayed and the excavated area was temporarily filled with clean soil.

The town's contractor excavated 990 tons of contaminated soil and sent it off site for proper disposal. Excavated areas were filled and restored. Grass was seeded and on Sept. 26 clean-up crews left.

Location: A Connell Street, Tiverton, R
EPA Mobilization Date*: 04/16/2012
EPA Demobilization Date*: 09/27/2012
Contact: Claudia Deane (deane.claudia@epa.gov)

*The information contained on this website is merely informational; any dates found on the website cannot be relied upon to create any rights, substantive or procedural, enforceable by any party in litigation with the United States. EPA reserves the right to change such dates at any time without public notice.

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